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[koh-kot, kuh-; French kaw-kawt]
noun, plural co·cottes [koh-kots; French kaw-kawt] /koʊˈkɒts; French kɔˈkɔt/.
  1. prostitute.
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Origin of cocotte1

1865–70; < French: originally a child's word for a hen, equivalent to coq cock1 + -otte feminine suffix


[koh-kot, kuh-; French kaw-kawt]
noun, plural co·cottes [koh-kots; French kaw-kawt] /koʊˈkɒts; French kɔˈkɔt/.
  1. a round or oval casserole, usually of earthenware or fireproof porcelain, used especially for cooking an individual portion of meat, fowl, or game.
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Origin of cocotte2

1865–70; < French: small cast-iron pot for stewing meat; alteration, by suffix substitution, of Middle French cocasse, coquasse applied to various receptacles, obscurely akin to coquemar kettle, by uncertain mediation < Medieval Greek koukoumárion (or its presumed VL source), ultimately derivative of Latin cucuma kettle
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Historical Examples

  • That is very little; besides, I do not know that I shall part with Cocotte at all.'

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 442


  • We are in no hurry to part with Cocotte; but money is tempting.'

  • It is very tempting; still, I do not think I can part with Cocotte at any price.'

  • I heard the father with a stick say to Madame Moronval that your mother was a cocotte.


    Alphonse Daudet

  • They chafed and bantered and stormed every caf and cocotte impartially, recklessly.


    Philip Wylie

British Dictionary definitions for cocotte


  1. a small fireproof dish in which individual portions of food are cooked and served
  2. a prostitute or promiscuous woman
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from nursery word for a hen, feminine of coq cock 1
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Word Origin and History for cocotte


type of cooking vessel, 1907, from French cocotte "saucepan" (19c.), a diminutive from cocasse, ultimately from Latin cucama. Sense of "prostitute," 1867, is from French cocotte, originally a child's name for "little hen" (18c.), hence "sweetie, darling."

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